In the 1870 census, there were 4 precincts representing 4 "communities." The communities were Beaver, Slate, Frenchburg, and Dry Ridge. It would seem obvious that Beaver was named for Beaver Creek (north of Frenchburg) and Slate was named for Slate Creek (west of Frenchburg). So, it would seem that Dry Ridge was the area south of Frenchburg. All 4 used one post office and that was Rock House. Where was Rock House? Did it go away or did it's name change?
In the 1880 census, there were also 4 precincts, and the community names were: Beaver, Slate, Frenchburg, and Ridge. No post offices were given. I know that some of the names found in "Ridge" were later known to have lived and died on Tarr Ridge. So, is Dry Ridge the name of the area that later became Tarr Ridge? How did Tarr Ridge get its name?
Larry @ AdAstraorbust@yahoo.com
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